Updated 9:03 a.m., 04/14/10
Why was Pro-Life Action of Oregon’s “Contraception” Material Banned from Oregon Right To Life’s Conference?
Our position, and that of Judie Brown, president, American Life League, on the connection between the use of abortion pills and the rate of abortion has been rejected by Gayle Atteberry, director, Oregon Right To Life. But that position is also the party line of National Right To Life.
Atteberry banned our educational material on the contraception-abortion connection from the upcoming ORTL conference. Rather than compromise our beliefs we won’t be participating in the conference.
Silence on birth control’s role in abortion rates will continue to mislead and misinform pro-lifers. More babies will die.
Pro-Life Action of Oregon requested a table at the upcoming ORTL 2010 pro-life conference. Atteberry asked to review our educational material (from American Life League) due to ORTL “policies” about ALL.
She banned them all.
Which material did she censor? Anything about contraception!
- Contraception and Abortion: The Deadly Connection
- Emergency Contraception
- Birth Control Pills: How They Work
- Flawed Condoms
Each of these are available for viewing at the American Life League store.
Atteberry characterized these as “minutia.”
“As I see it, Judie Brown is focused on the minutia and ORTL does not agree with that.”
Updated 5:32 PDT 04-15-10 –
“Minutia?”!!! According to the Guttmacher Institute, 54% of women who abort their babies were using The Pill or condoms during the month they became pregnant. Of those, 76% were using The Pill — “inconsistently.”
Open Letter to Gayle Atteberry, Oregon Right To Life
April 13, 2010 – Portland, Ore
Gayle, in light of your censoring American Life League (ALL) material which makes the connection between contraception and abortion — material I wanted to bring to the April Oregon Right To Life conference — Pro-Life Action of Oregon will not be participating.
Our Position On Contraception
We are very grateful that you took the time to inform us of Oregon Right To Life’s policies which illustrate the philosophical and theological differences between National Right To Life / ORTL and Judie Brown/A.L.L. You expressed being uncomfortable with Brown’s criticisms of NRLC. Your characterization of her criticisms is as follows:
A.L.L. puts a great emphasis in opposing birth control. While it is true that some birth control methods are abortifacients, not all are. Judy Brown adamantly opposes the birth control pill. While sometimes the bc [birth control] pill acts as an abortifacient, it does not always work that way, and many pro-life doctors say there is no proof that it does.
It is obvious that your assessment of Judie’s opposition to The Pill is restricted to its abortifacient action.
We are aware of its abortifacient action. Yet, we are struck by your silence on its rate of failure which leads to “unplanned” pregnancies.
As a serious pro-life activist, we are in total 100% agreement with Judie Brown. The Pill increases abortion.